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Dartmouth Naval college hosts European symposium

A GROUP of 32 young officers representing 18 Navies from across Europe gathered at Dartmouth’s Britannia Royal Naval College for a symposium promoting knowledge and friendship.

The delegates were given a number of presentations by college staff and invited speakers looking at how a Naval force could have a greater influence on land based operations.

Delegates had a chance to have a close-up look at the Royal Navy’s Merlin, Wildcat and Lynx helicopters which had landed at the college.

They also visited Devonport Naval Base where they were given a tour of the submarine HMS Talent.

The symposium culminated with a series of debates, when the delegates were given a range of topics on naval technology and capabilities to consider.

Lieutenant Commander Nicky Cullen, the symposium director, said: “An annual European event, it was a great honour for BRNC to host the symposium. The European delegates thoroughly enjoyed their week with the Royal Navy.

“The debates allowed the delegates to develop their thoughts and share ideas, highlighting the importance of collaborative working and the role of strategic partnerships. The symposium definitely achieved its aim of promoting knowledge and enhancing friendships. Next year, Italy will host the symposium.”

Countries represented at the event were Spain, Norway, Poland, Greece, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Croatia, Romania, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

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